YouTube finally kills Google Video

Google has finally killed Google Video, the video-sharing site it started before deciding to buy YouTube.

Fans of the video-sharing site will already know that Google stopped users uploading files in May 2009, but has now emailed them over the weekend to say that as of 29 April the site will close completely.

“Dear Google Video User,” reads the email before going to state that:

“Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide.”

Those users who do still have videos on the service (where have you been, and what have you been doing all this time?) will be able to access and download the videos to their own hard drives until the 13 May.

Of course, Google is suggesting you dump them on YouTube, but hasn’t created a nifty “copy across to our other video-sharing site” button.

Or a "actually, just delete it because it's only a clip of a mate of mine who ruptured a testicle trying to jump over a handrail on a skateboard like a complete tool - albeit one now without a compete tool" button.

At least one of those would have been very useful.

Do you still have videos on Google Video? If so, what are you going to do with them? Let us know in the comments below....